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Canterbury / Westland

about the region


The provinces of Canterbury and Westland cover a vast area and have huge interest to any lover of the outdoors. From vast tracts of the southern Alps, numerous skifields and more rock-climbing crags than anywhere else in New Zealand. Most serious rock climbers in NZ eventually gravitate to Christchurch, where after-work cragging and day-trips to Castle Hill/Flock Hill are possible. The sheer quantity of weekend mountaineering trip available to anyone living in Canterbury/Westland are limitless.

The section

Canterbury/Westland is the Club’s largest section, based in Christchurch, which also happens to be the location of NZAC National headquarters “The Home of Mountaineering”. Christchurch has always had a strong base of climbers and club members, with diverse interests. The Section enjoys an historical and friendly rivalry with their blue-collared counterparts in the Canterbury Mountaineering Club (CMC) and have in recent years had a combined Christmas function. The Canterbury/Westland section looks after the Arthurs Pass Lodge



Anyone is welcome to attend the regular section evenings held (usually) on the second Thursday of the month at 8pm in the Garden Bar at the Cashmere Club,
50 Colombo Street, Christchurch.


The section runs numerous trips throughout the year and are a great way to meet people and get into the outdoors. If you would like to lead a trip for the club, alpine, rock climbing, cycling or otherwise, contact Andrew Barrett:


The Canterbury Westland Section has a comprehensive programme of instruction covering rock climbing (Summer) and snowcraft (Winter). Keep an eye on the Section Newsletter for details

Mid week Rock Climbing

Runs every Wednesday evening. It happens, indoor or outdoors, depending on the weather. An email is sent out to the climbing group at the beginning of the week with details about who is organizing it. You are also welcome/encouraged to use the climbing group to organize climbing at any time, including weekend trips. If you are interested, please contact David Shearer on or 027 418 8443.

We are also looking for a few more people who are willing to run a mid week climbing session from time to time. Please put your hand up if you are able to help.

Mid week Mountaineering

The mid week group are mainly fairly mature mountaineers who still manage to plod up a few peaks, usually on Wednesdays, depending on the weather. If you are interested in joining us, please contact Pat Prendergast on 337 0 079 or

Section Library

The contents of the C/W Section library can be found online here: (Note: There is a list of DVDs on the second tab of the spreadsheet).

If you would like to borrow a book or DVD then please email us (see section committee contact details) and we can arrange a good time to meet – preferably at a Section meeting. You must have a current NZAC membership card to borrow and we will take a $10 refundable bond for each DVD borrowed. We expect books to be returned within 2 months of the date of borrowing, and DVDs within 2 weeks, and returned either at a section meeting or to our house in Cashmere

Gear Hire

All equipment is $10 day per item and $5 each extra day unless stated.

The Canterbury / Westland Section has the following equipment available for members to hire:

EPIRB( emergency locater beacon ) x 1.

Avalanche kit( Transceiver / shovel and probe ) x 12.

Snow Shoes x 2.

Plastic / rigid leather mountaineering boots x 22 pair of various sizes.

Crampons x 9.

Walking ice axe x 6. Ice hammers x 2.

Technical ice tools x 5 pair of various models.

Harnesses x 2.

Alpine ropes x 5 – 60 m dry( Instruction courses only ).

Snow stakes x 6( $5 first day / $2.50 each extra day ).

Ice screws x 6( $5 day for 2 / $2.50 each extra day ).

Helmets x 6( $5 day / $2.50 each extra day ).

Petrol drill( own fuel must be provided ).

Trad rack x 4( Instruction courses only ).

Terms and Conditions: For members only with club trips and instruction first priority. Hirer responsible for any loss or damage of equipment. All equipment must be returned within 24 hrs of arrival back to Christchurch or prior arrangement otherwise an additional hire fee may occur. Gear hire is cash only( receipt provided ) upon pick up and available on Tuesday and Thursday evenings only after 5pm.

Please contact Clayton on or text during day on 0274461562 .




Craig Hosking

022 3509656



Jim Petersen



Grant Piper

021 711300



John Roper-Lindsay

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Instruction Coordinator

Clayton Garbes

027 4461562


Trips Coordinator

Andrew Barrett

022 043 4227


Rock Climbing Coordinator

David Shearer




John Roper-Lindsay



James Thornton



Arthur’s Pass Lodge

John Henson

027 4714075


Section Evenings

Yvonne Pfluger

027 6004679


Nina Dickerhof

021 02355634


Canterbury/Westland Section of The New Zealand Alpine Club Accomodation Committee Rep.

Phillip Tree



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